Sage in WeBWorK

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Sage is an open source, online symbolic mathematical system. Details on Sage can be found at http://www.sagemath.org .

For use within WebWork, a special "single-cell" version of Sage is located at http://sagecell.sagemath.org


## Template for calling Sage from within a WebWork pg file

## BEGIN_DESCRIPTION
## Sample problem embedding Sage in WW
## END_DESCRIPTION

DOCUMENT();

loadMacros(
"PGstandard.pl",
"MathObjects.pl",
"sage.pl"
);

TEXT(beginproblem());

Context("Numeric");

#######   Answers to check by WeBWorK go in the list below.

$ansList = List("(pi)");

#######   Possible Upper WeBWorK text

Context()->texStrings;
BEGIN_TEXT

This is where WeBWorK problem text above the sage cell goes.

END_TEXT
Context()->normalStrings;

####                   Sage Cell Server
####  Paste your code below fixing @ and $
####  Store any answers to send back as a list using the function below.
####  making certain that is tabbed over correctly

$SageCode = <<SAGE_CODE;

var('a')
a = pi
record_answer((a))

SAGE_CODE

Sage(
  SageCode=>$SageCode,
  AutoEvaluateCell=>'true'
);


#######  WeBWorK text display following the Sage cell

Context()->texStrings;
BEGIN_TEXT

When you are comfortable with the coefficients that you have chosen, press
the submit button below.

END_TEXT
Context()->normalStrings;

#########  Answer Evaluation

$showPartialCorrectAnswers = 1;
NAMED_ANS( sageAnswer => $ansList->cmp   );

ENDDOCUMENT();        # This should be the last executable line in the problem.
       
 

The example shows how to pass perl variables from the problem initialization into the sage block.

TEXT(<<SAGE_CODE);

where << SAGE_CODE without single quotes is necessary. However, the Sage code will not execute if no variables are actually passed in. Since $ and @ within the Sage code are now interpreted by perl, all latex delimiters should be converted from $ signs to \ ( and \ ) pairs. Additionally, any @interact needs to be escaped and written as ~~@interact

If you are not passing any variables, use:

TEXT(<<'SAGE_CODE');

where <<'SAGE_CODE' tells perl not to interpret variables. Sage code can then be pasted in verbatim without any need to convert formatting or escaping other characters.

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